Illinois Department on Aging Offers Dementia Care Specialist Training

Dementia Care Specialist Training

Trainer Contact Information

Phyllis Roate

Illinois Department on Aging

One Natural Resources Way

Springfield, IL  62703 or (217) 785-5291      

Act now! Deadline to enroll: Monday, February 3.

Training Description

The goal of this training is to provide non-clinical aging network staff with the knowledge and resources to more effectively assist persons with dementia and their caregivers. 

The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) has established six core competencies (in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Alzheimer’s Advisory Committee) for Dementia Care Specialists.  The training curriculum will utilize a blended format of both on-line and in person classroom sessions, based on the following core competencies:

  1. Knowledge of Dementia
  2. Safety for People with Dementia
  3. Communicating with People with Dementia
  4. Behavioral Expressions
  5. Person-Centered Planning
  6. Resources (classroom only)

Each potential Dementia Care Specialist (DCS) will be required to complete both the pre-test and webinars before participating in the classroom portion of the training.  The webinars will provide general information in the form of PowerPoint presentations, videos and interactive websites; the classroom sessions will provide practical, everyday application of the webinar materials in the form of lecture, discussion, case scenarios and role playing.  The first classroom session will cover the first three webinars (see above) and the second classroom session will cover points 4, 5, and 6 (see above).  Post-tests will be given at the conclusion of each classroom session. 

Upon completion of all of the training components, each DCS will receive a certificate of completion, which may be used for in-service training.  

Training Schedule

  • Introductory telephone conference. 

Each trainee must participate in one of the scheduled telephone conferences.  The times/dates are:

            Tuesday, February 18, 2020                                  11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday, February 19, 2020                            2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

            Thursday, February 20, 2020                               

            Friday, February 21, 2020                                      9:00 am – 10:00 am

  • Pre and post-tests

Following participation in the introductory telephone conference, each trainee must complete the pre-test and scan it to the trainer before receiving access to the webinars.  A post test will be administered at the conclusion of each in-person classroom session.

  • In-person classroom sessions:

Each trainee must complete both of the two in-person classroom sessions:

Chicago Area:

DuPage County Administration Building

421 N. County Farm Rd., Room 3500B

Wheaton, IL  60187

Monday, March, 9, 2020, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Friday, April 3, 2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


LifeSpan Center

11021 E Co Rd 800 N

Charleston, IL  61920

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Last Updated on April 28, 2020

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